LONDON – Britain is proposing to let Afghan interpreters who worked alongside its troops the right to settle in the U.K. in recognition of the risks to their personal safety.
The plans will let around 600 interpreters who have worked on the front line for more than a year to relocate to Britain on a five-year visa. Those who do not meet the requirement will get a training and education package with the Afghan security forces and wages equivalent to their current salary.
Downing Street said Wednesday officials are expected to finalize them within days, though British media, quoting government sources, reported that the plans have already been approved.
Lawyers for three Afghan interpreters who launched a legal battle last month on the issue welcomed the move.